World best dogs deserve worlds best care
Author: Fredrik Ljone Holst/Anna Helena Stoller Photo: Stepan Hon Publish date: 04.02.14 13:02
Jerry Vanek is a musher, who went over to be a race veterinarian. The American is in Røros for the fifth time and looks at it as a privilege to work with the "word best athletes".
- I had huskies by my self all life long, and i was racing sprint for about 10 years, tells Vanek. He is not competing any more, but always out with the team and his clients.
- All my client home are dog sledding kennels, so it can happen, that I run both either experienced or joung dogs together with them, says the American, who changed preoccupation and became a veterinarian in 1992
Changing profession, not side
Since then he has been on many different races, lots of them in Scandinavia. This year it will be five races in total here up north, excluding one in Czechia. With some performances in between, he will be in Europe in two month this season.
But even if he did change profession and in sted of getting, giving medical advices, it does not feel like changeing side. Same as all the other veterinarians we have been talking to, is he occupated of the animals welfare is teamwork between musher and veterinarians.
Is her to support the mushers
- We don´t want to act as police who penetates the mushers. We are here to suppoet them to get as many dogs as possible in good helth in to the finish. If the mushers are getting tired, we help them to make the right desicions.
Jerry says, that animals welfare is generelly quite good in races, but there still are some differences between the mushers.
Each time ny challanges
Vanek thinks, the dogs have been good looking this year, but you never know what is coming up next.
- It´s variating from race to race and year to year, especially because the weather condition can be so different. Last year, there was stong wind on the Femunden, that´s why we had a lot of red eyes, but not this year.